Sports & Fitness

An Easy Guide To Supplements For Beginners

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You’ve been eating right and working your butt off at the gym, and the results are there, but could be better. Enter the world of supplements; used to maximize your body’s potential. Don’t worry it’s not cheating and besides, we could all use a bit of help.

Protein Powder

Protein powder comes in different forms, like whey, soy and casein, and is consumed more popularly as a shake. It’s basically a source of complete and high quality protein to help fuel your workouts, build muscle or recover from injury. Take it before or after your workout.

Try this: Promatrix 7 Multiple Source Protein with Shaker 5lbs (P1,709). It decreases muscle breakdown by 34%, amplifies nitrogen retention and provides superior protein absorption.

Weight Gain Supplements

If protein supplements help build muscle, weight gainers help you put on weight by boosting your caloric intake without having to force yourself to eat more than you can handle. It comes in tablet or capsule and powder form, with the latter containing the highest calories.

Try this: Appeton Weight Gain Adult 900g (Chocolate) (P2,188). It offers sufficient amounts of calories from carbohydrates, contains fat, vitamins, minerals and high protein, and promotes higher metabolic rate compared to others.

Weight Loss Supplements

Weight supplements are meant to help you shave off the extra pounds but are not always guaranteed to work. It still has to be paired with proper diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Try this: Muscletech Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite Capsules Bottle of 100  (P1,400). It’s meant to boost energy levels and help you lose weight at the same time.

Creatine Supplements

Creatine is a natural substance often used by athletes to improve strength, increase lean muscle mass and help muscles recover faster during exercise. It’s basically a performance-enhancing supplement consumed in powder, tablet or energy bar form.

Try this: Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine Powder Unflavored 5000 mg - 600 g (P1,900). It improves high-intensity exercise, increases energy levels and enhances energy reserves in muscles while minimizing protein breakdown.

BCAA Supplements

BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids and is essential for maximum muscle regeneration. It’s also used to increase lean mass and performance at a cellular level. 

Try this: Dymatize BCAA Complex 2200 (400 caplets)  (P2,200). It promotes muscle regeneration as well as helps normalize mood, and boosts attention and concentration.

And as eager as we are to lose weight and build muscle, it’s always best to consult with your doctor or nutritionist first!

Sarah Santiago

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